Six Pak Antenna Switch Automation

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I am using a Sainsmart 8 port USB relay to control my SIx Pak (2x6) antenna switch. Relay is directly connected to 6600M. I have four antennas connected to the switch. I can use 4 ports for radio A and 4 ports for radio B. I created a bit cable and set 4 ports to trigger on TX antenna (ant1) for 160,80,40 and 20-15(triband dipole) and 4 ports to trigger on TX antenna (ant2) with same bands. It seems to work but a little quirky. It won’t switch unless TX is enabled on the slice. I tried assigning the ports to trigger on Slice A and Slice B but that doesn’t seem to work. Is there anyone controlling a Six Pak switch with USB relay ? I need some help getting this to work properly. Thanks -Joe N3HEE
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Joe N3HEE

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Hi Joe. I wonder if you have TX enabled ('TX ON' button showing blue) in the bit cable settings? If you have, the bit(s) will only be active when the band AND TX are active, ie not when receiving.
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I don't see a TX ON button in the bit cable settings.  However there is a PTT ON button which is not turned on.  Still cant get the switch to trigger by slice.  Slice A will work but not Slice B.  I will keep it configured for triggering on TX Antenna which works fine once TX has been enabled on each slice at least once.  I use ANT 1 for slice A RX & TX antennas and ANT2 for slice B RX & TX antennas in my SO2R setup so it makes more logical sense to me that way.  
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Sorry Joe I was doing it from memory. The button I meant was the PTT ON button but clearly it's not the cause of your problem.

I just fiddled with my bit cable settings to see if I could achieve what you wanted. I can successfully get a slice to activate a bit by selecting "ACTIVE SLICE" from the drop down in the bit cable config. The band setting should correspond to required antenna. In that way the control bit becomes active when a slice is clicked, but only when the associated band is selected. Perhaps that is what you're hoping to do.
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Thanks Paul.  I want to use two panadapters for SO2R.  Slice A and Slice B.  Each on a different band.  I can get Slice A to switch properly but get no switching for Slice B?